Chirality II: A drive-in dance on film screening (Evening 1) Presented by 2019/21 Artist Studio Program collaborators Jacquelyne Boe and David Janesko

December 18, 2020 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden

About this Public Program, from the Collaborators:

Isolation. Transmission. Feedback. The world in a mirror – Chirality.

Join us December 18th and 19th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at Lawndale for the drive-in premier of Chirality II, new dance film by Jacquelyne Boe and David Janesko. From the safe isolation of your car, watch the film and a live video installation while tuning in to the original score on your car radio.

One of the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the drastic reduction in the ability of artists to share their work. This has been especially true for live performances such as dance, there is just no way to continue the present dance as it has been and to keep the dancers and audience safe. At the start of the pandemic Jacquelyne Boe and David Janesko decided that rather than being limited by these restrictions they would work to build something new out of them. The result is a three part multimedia work titled Chirality.

The new work began with a series of video calls in which Janesko would give Boe and a group of dancers a movement-prompt highlighting the spatial dichotomies unique to the bedrooms, backyards and living rooms that had become each person’s lockdown-studio. Imbalance, symmetry and grid geometry began emerging as unifying themes and became the guiding concepts of the work going forward. Boe took recordings of these sessions and identified patterns and gestures unique to each dancer. She used these as building blocks to choreograph a two-part mirrored phrase for each dancer. In response to these pieces Janesko created a series of video feedback loops using a webcam and a streaming video application. These elements were edited and layered to create the final film.

Chirality is a term used to describe an object and its mirrored pair, such as the right and left hands. It’s used here in reference to asymmetries within individuals and screen mediated communication.

Jacquelyne Boe and David Janesko are a collaborative team and current residents in the Artist Studio Program at Lawndale in Houston, Texas. Boe is Houston based choreographer, dancer, and educator interested in collaboration and experimentation. Janesko is an artist exploring the emergence of complexity using an experimental approach that encompasses a wide array of mediums, technology and subject matter. Together they are exploring movement and drawing through sets of rule based actions in multiple media types.

Chirality II is performed by Jacquelyne Boe, Siri Cyan, Sinclair Davis, Rachael Hutto, and Lindsey McGill, with live video projections by David Janesko and original music by Jeremy Nuncio.

Each showing of Chirality II runs for 30 minutes in length and the parking lot will open 30 minutes prior to each showing. There are limited spots available for each viewing, reservation is highly recommended.

Drive-ins require that you tune into a latent FM station in order to hear the audio. Make sure your car has FM radio, or bring a portable one, radio apps will not work.

This project is sponsored and funded in part by Lawndale, the City of Houston, City Initiative Grant through the Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Houston Arts Alliance. Thank you Midtown Houston for the opportunity to create.

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Jacquelyne Boe is a Houston based professional dancer, choreographer, and educator interested in collaboration and experimentation.

A graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she received a BFA from the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated as the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, Graduate of the Year. Boe has worked with organizations and individual artist such as Erick Hawkins Dance, Erin Reck, Frame Dance, Hopestone Dance, Houston Grand Opera, Open Dance Project, Noble Motion Dance, Sean Curran, Teresa Chapman, and Rob Ashford. Boe is a critically acclaimed dance maker that has been creating original works since 2014. She was named Houston Press’ 100 Creatives, a recipient of Dance Source Houston’s Artist in Residence Program, and is a founding member of a choreographers collective; Perspective Exchange.

David Janesko is an artist exploring the emergence of complexity using an experimental approach that encompasses a wide array of mediums, technology and subject matter. He is specifically interested in the genesis of life, and death, from the early Earth, the emergence of the Self and how the senses and mental illness shape reality. David grew up in Western Pennsylvania and worked for a number of years as a geologist before attending the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA, 2013). From 2013 to 2015 David was a Graduate Fellow then Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Artist in Sausalito California, and the curator for Flatland Gallery in Houston from 2017 to 2019. David is represented in Houston by Gray Contemporary.

December 2020